Research Perspectives and Innovative Applications for Sustainable Engineering Education

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Sustainability and responsible use of the resources at our disposal are among the most important goals of our time. Employees are looking for next-generation employees with ever more skills. To ideally foster these in engineering and prepare them for future challenges, the integration of education for sustainable development (ESD) with a linkage of technical and sustainability-oriented issues in the curriculum is essential. This paper takes up two points: (1) An analysis of the research landscape in Engineering Education Research (EER) on the topic of “sustainability” is undertaken. For this purpose, more than 3500 conference papers of EDUCON and FIE of the years 2014 to 2018 as well as 2021 (EDUCON only) are evaluated. The methodology of the analysis as well as the set of main and sub categories (among them “sustainability”) will be presented at ICL 2022. The results of the analysis of the research landscape (1) show that the topic of sustainability has so far played a negligible role in the conference contributions. In (2), the focus is on the implementation process and the linking of technical and sustainability-oriented issues. The study programme concept of the Leuphana University offers two options for sustainable technical education by combining major and minor study programmes. The interdisciplinary combinations are presented and explained using module examples. The paper proves in a research-based manner that the topic of sustainability has so far been underrepresented in the engineering sciences, which is why evidence-based interdisciplinary implementation procedures such as those presented in (2) are highly relevant.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning in the Age of Digital and Green Transition : Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL2022)
EditorsMichael E. Auer, Wolfgang Pachatz, Tiia Rüütmann
Number of pages11
VolumeVolume 2
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date23.02.2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-26189-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-26190-9
Publication statusPublished - 23.02.2023
EventConference - 25th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2022: 50 years of ‘Engineering Pedagogy’ - Hilton Park Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 27.09.202230.09.2022
Conference number: 25

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    Research areas

  • Sustainability competencies, Sustainability in Engineering Education Research (EER), Sustainable engineering education
  • Engineering